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  • by pudge (1) on 2001.12.31 17:42 (#2555) Homepage Journal
    I think expressing opinion about Mumia out of context of a discussion about him is akin to shouting "Hitler" in a crowded newsgroup. Or mentioning the 2001 Presidential election. So I moderated it. In a journal or journal comment, I wouldn't care. But I don't want discussions / flamewars about Mumia on a use Perl story.

    My problem may be that I am too used to comments inciting riots, as it were, on Slashdot. That's not such a problem here, of course. He who moderates least, moderates best.

    Anyway, the people on Slashdot who complain about "hidden secrets" are either dumb or just trolling. We obviously don't try to hide much; in the case of admins moderating, it is pretty darn clear in the code what is going on, when you have a variable called "authors_unlimited" with a description "Authors have unlimited moderation". :-) Then there was the guy complaining that we were doing hidden tracking of everything a user does by the use of the insidious "ipid" field. "ipid" is just an MD5 digest of the IP address; we used to actually store the IP address in the DB, but changed it to the MD5 digest so we *couldn't* track users so easily, to give them an extra measure of privacy. These people are either paranoid dummies, or practiced trolls. Either way, I usually ignore them.
    • Thanks, pudge!

      Yeah, I guess I tend to agree with you on the Mumia thing. I notice it's been modded back down by somebody. We've all been heard now, so I guess life will go on.

      Actually I've been a little surprised by just how many karma points I got out of this. I had a karma of 3 and I've had 2 or 3 metamoderations say I was "fair," and that gave me several more points. (Don't trust those numbers; I'm falling asleep at the moment.)

      I think I read the same stuff about the IP address hash. Admittedl

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers